Work Within the Community's Timeframe
Working within the community’s timeframe and “meeting them where they are” are critical. Community-based conservation groups primarily act in a voluntary capacity, with many competing demands on their time. In addition, they often lack tools and information to advance their efforts. Partner organizations can accelerate this work by providing the tools and information to help community groups make decisions, and continually preparing them to take the next step. At the same time, it is important to recognize that to enhance ownership, the community groups must drive the process.